Enlargement of small eyes with makeup

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Small eyes are those that appear much smaller on the face compared to the size of the mouth and nose. Makeup makes the ratio of facial features more harmonious, and even visually reduces the nose, which visually enlarges the eyes. 

Color palette: what colors are best to use and which are not worth it?

Stylists recommend using bright colors of shadows and eyeliners, adding shine, shadows with a shimmer. This will make small eyes expressive and noticeable.

Shadows for small eyes

Extremely carefully in the makeup of small eyes, use dark colors – apply them exclusively to the outer edge of the moving eyelid.

When choosing a palette of shadows, it is customary to focus on the color of the iris of the eyes. If, for example, peach and brown shades are ideally combined with blue eyes, then for small eyes you need to choose their brightest shades.

Small brown eyes will come out in full force framed by bright green and purple. Small green mirrors of the soul look beautiful surrounded by juicy peach, brick and purple shades.

Basic makeup rules for small eyes

The magical power of makeup is proved by examples of world celebrities. Small eyes have become the highlight of the image of actress Jennifer Aniston, recognized at the time as the standard of beauty.

Jennifer Aniston

How to apply makeup for small eyes:

  1. Apply concealer to the area under the lower eyelids. Remove dark circles under the eyes so that signs of fatigue do not visually reduce the size of the eyes. Work on redness under the eyes and in the area of ​​​​their outer corners.
  2. Apply light eyeshadow with shimmer to the inner corners of your eyes. Use the same shadows under the eyebrows. You will get the effect of additional radiance and “raise” the eyes, make them larger.
  3. Bring the mucous membrane of the lower eyelid with a soft light or white kajal. The eyes will appear larger and more expressive.
  4. Draw an arrow from the middle of the lash line of the upper eyelid to the outer edge. The line can be thin or medium thickness. The arrow looks beautiful a little lighter than the color of the ink.
  5. Curl your lashes with a curler.
  6. Apply dark mascara to lengthen and volumize lashes. Do the application in several layers. Achieve the effect of open eyes.
  7. Work on your brows. Too wide eyebrows are heavy for small eyes, the eyelid under them seems hanging. Eyebrows should be combed, look natural and neat.

If you use false eyelashes, then choose such that they are of natural length.

Video instruction for applying makeup for small eyes:

Eyebrow shaping

The shape of the eyebrows above small eyes is given great attention. Long raised eyebrows are considered ideal. They begin with their widest part above the inner corner of the eye and gradually taper from the bend point.

Eyebrow shaping

Applying concealer

Concealer is a tonal tool that is applied locally. It masks not only dark circles, but also acne, vascular networks and other skin imperfections.

Applying concealer

Lightweight liquid concealer used to brighten the area around the eyes. Choose a color that is one tone lighter than your natural complexion. Pre-moisturize your skin with a day cream.

If you need to mask too noticeable blue-gray circles under the eyes, choose a concealer with an orange undertone:

  1. Apply concealer to the center of the dark circle.
  2. Gently blend it with a thin layer.
  3. Achieve an imperceptible transition to the main tone of the face.
  4. Use a separate brush or sponge to apply concealer, with which you can blend the product.

For pinpoint coverage of imperfections near the corners of the eye, use a cream or solid concealer in a neutral shade a tone darker than your complexion.

To hide obvious redness, choose a concealer with a yellow or green undertone:

  1. Apply the product with a small dense brush on the defect.
  2. Blend with your fingers. Achieve an imperceptible color transition.
  3. Set with translucent powder.

Applying shadows

On the upper eyelid, apply shadows that will be one or two shades darker than your skin. Start at the lash line and stretch the color up to the crease of the moving eyelid. Above the crease under the eyebrow, a lighter shade should smoothly go. 

light shadows


Don’t hold back when applying mascara. From noticeable, thick, long and bright eyelashes, small eyes only benefit. Painting features:

  • start applying mascara from the eyelashes in the middle of their growth line;
  • move to the outer edge of the eye;
  • Apply the second layer from the beginning of the lash line to the end.

This technique will allow you to leave more mascara on the eyelashes in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe outer edge of the eye, which also helps, if desired, to visually enlarge the eyes.


Pencil drawing

In daytime makeup for small eyes, a white or light pink kayal pencil is used. The line is drawn along the mucous membrane of the lower eyelid. In the evening, the effect of a wide-open look can be enhanced by using a light blue pencil.

Mucosal drawing

Drawing arrows

Dark thick arrows are not suitable for small eyes. They absorb volume and draw too much attention to themselves. Small eyes will be decorated with thin clear lines:

  1. Start drawing an arrow from the middle of the ciliary edge of the upper eyelid.
  2. Move the arrow along the lash line to the outer edge of the eye.
  3. As you complete the arrow, make it a little thicker and lift the final section of the arrow a little up to the temples.
Drawing arrows

Eyes with such arrows visually become a little longer, approaching the ideal of an almond shape.

Makeup options for small eyes

Small eyes are not a fault. This is just an individual feature of the face, which can be advantageously beaten with makeup. Application techniques and photos of several small eye makeup options will help you gain your own practical experience. 

Delicate makeup

Choose gentle shades of shadows with mother of pearl. They will refresh and visually enlarge the eyes. Prepare concealer, colored eyeliner, mascara.

Delicate makeup


  1. Apply concealer to cover dark areas under the eyes.
  2. Apply a thin layer of shadow on the upper eyelid, starting from the ciliary edge to the crease of the upper eyelid.
  3. Apply an even lighter shade of eyeshadow to the brow area.
  4. Apply a darker shade of shadows to the outer corner of the upper eyelid.
  5. Blend thoroughly for a flawless transition between different eyeshadow shades.
  6. Make sure that the shadows diffuse their color as they transition to the skin at the temples.
  7. Draw thin arrows along the lash line of the upper eyelid from the middle to the outer edge of the eye.
  8. Apply mascara in several layers.

Video instruction for creating a gentle image:

Bright makeup

A spectacular make-up that requires a little more time and skill than an everyday daytime make-up.

Masking of age spots


  1. Apply concealer, mask age spots, swelling in the area around the eyes.
  2. Apply light shadow to the entire mobile eyelid, stretch the color up to the eyebrows to brighten the entire brow area.
  3. Paint over the inner corners of the eyes with light pearlescent shadows.
  4. Apply matte dark shadows to the outer corners of the eyes. Blend thoroughly so that the borders between the different colors of the shadows become invisible and until a smooth transition from the shadows to the skin of the face is obtained.
  5. Line with a colored pencil along the lash line from the middle of the upper eyelid to its outer edge. Apply another light stroke of colored eyeliner to the inner corners of the eyes.
  6. Curl your eyelashes with a curler and apply mascara on them in several layers. Make sure that closer to the outer edge of the eye, the mascara is applied thicker.

Video instruction for application:

smokey ice

To perform such a make-up in the classical technique, prepare a soft black pencil, three shades of shadows: light, medium, dark, and mascara.


  1. On the moving eyelid, apply the base under the shadows.
  2. With a black pencil, draw a line along the upper eyelid along the lash line.
  3. Apply a dark shade of shadows over the resulting line, and apply a light shade to the entire area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe moving eyelid.
  4. Blend the transition between the shades of the shadows so that the border becomes invisible.
  5. Line the lower eyelid with a pencil. Blend the resulting line. On top of it, first apply a dark shade of shadows, blend. Then a light shade and also blend.
  6. Apply mascara. Paint over the eyelashes in several layers. Try to keep more mascara on the eyelashes at the outer corner of the eye.
  7. Apply the lightest shade to the inner corners of the eyes and under the eyebrows.

Video instruction for applying smoky-eyes makeup:

Makeup for small eyes with an impending eyelid

A drooping eyelid is a fairly common problem, but it’s easy to fix with the right makeup.

Application tips and tools needed:

  • Keep your eyes open. Do not close your eyes when applying eyeshadow or eyeliner. 
  • Apply shadow above the crease, not just in the crease itself.
  • Buy matte shadows. Shimmery textures will reflect light, visually increasing the problematic part of the eye, and will create the feeling of a swollen eyelid, so it is better to use matte ones.
  • Opt for waterproof formulas. With this form of eye structure, the eyelashes often come into contact with the upper eyelid and the product can be imprinted on it.
  • Be careful with bright colors. If you apply bright shadows, blend them so that they go beyond the limits of both the mobile and the overhanging eyelid.
  • Illuminate the inner corners of your eyes. Apply some light shadows with a shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes and under them – this will create the effect of a wide-open look.
  • Do not lower the “tails” of the arrows. With an impending eyelid, the look often looks sad and tired. In order not to aggravate the situation, do not draw arrows with “lowered” tips.
Hanging eyelid arrow

Application instructions:

  1. Apply the eyeshadow base to the entire moving eyelid.
  2. Apply light shadows closer to the inner corner of the eye, and darker ones closer to the outer.
  3. Blend the border between them.
  4. Look straight ahead. Apply dark shadow to the visible part of the upper eyelid at the outer corner of the eye. Blend so that the rich shade dissipates as it transitions to skin tone.
  5. Apply shadow to the lower eyelid: add a light layer to its outer side and light shadow to the middle and inner edge. The quality of shading must be absolute.
  6. Fill in the space between the eyelashes of the upper eyelid with a black eyeliner.
  7. Curl your lashes with a curler and apply mascara.

Video instruction for applying makeup for small eyes with an impending eyelid:

TOP 10 Tips for Enlarging Your Eyes

If you want to visually enlarge your eyes, then use the tips from this list:

  • Mask imperfections in the area around the eyes, use a concealer .
  • Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with white or beige shimmer eyeshadow.
  • Use kajal – this is a very soft eyeliner, which is used to paint over the line of the ciliary edge from the side of the mucous membrane of the eyelid. For daytime make-up options white, for evening – blue or black.
  • Be careful with dark colors so as not to get the opposite effect of visually reducing the eyes.
  • Use dark mascara that increases volume and length. Focus on eyelashes. More mascara should remain on the lashes at the outer edge of the eye.
  • Use false eyelashes – they will also help to make the eyes visually larger. If your lashes are naturally straight, be sure to use a curler first.
  • Pay attention to the eyebrows – to make your eyes bigger, pluck your eyebrows in time, remove hairs mainly from the side of the eyes, not the forehead. For small eyes, arched eyebrows are best – they leave more space, opening the look as much as possible.
  • Choose the color of the arrows lighter than the color of the carcass.
  • You can draw attention to your eyes with the help of cosmetic contact lenses , which visually expand the pupil. Lenses with a diameter of 14.0-14.2 mm will give a slightly noticeable increase. If you take lenses with a diameter of 14.5 mm, then there will be a “doll” look effect.
  • Use eye drops that dilate the pupil.

Makeup photo ideas for small eyes

Bright makeup that changes the ratio of facial features and against the background of a visually reduced nose, the eyes in a smoky frame of shadows with an emphasis on eyelashes seem much larger.

Makeup for small eyes

Complete transformation. An even tone of the face, eyebrow correction, nose shape, emphasis on the eyes, styled hair create a perfect image.


Daily Mike-up. Work with skin tone, light gloss on the lips, accentuate the eyes with soft eyeliner with shadows of the lower eyelid.

Day makeup

Day makeup. Emphasis solely on the eyes. Shadows to match the dress.


Bright image. Achieved thanks to the effect of wide eyes and bright lipstick. Attention was paid to the eyebrows, disguise of circles under the eyes, the ciliary edge from the side of the mucous membrane of the upper eyelid was dyed with kajal, the inner corner of the eyes was highlighted.

Bright image

How to visually reduce the eyes?

If necessary, you can reduce your eyes with the help of several recommendations from makeup artists:

  • use as the main dark shadows, and light – only to create contrast in color accents;
  • make wide black arrows;
  • arrows do not start from the middle of the ciliary edge of the upper eyelid, but from the very beginning of the lash line.

How to make eyes more beautiful for a man?

Beautiful male eyes will look against the background of well-groomed facial skin, tidy eyebrows and a neat hairstyle.

Richard Gere

Actor Richard Gere is a Hollywood star and the owner of very small eyes, for everyday care he uses cleansing and moisturizing products, as well as men’s concealers, which mask dark circles under the eyes and spot redness.

Thanks to a large selection of decorative and care cosmetics, an understanding of the principles of their action and application skills, it becomes possible to create an individual image in which natural advantages prevail over shortcomings. Follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.

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